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Thu, 24 Mar



Automation in Geotechnical Design – It’s Time to Change

by Alvin K M Lam – Arup

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Automation in Geotechnical Design – It’s Time to Change
Automation in Geotechnical Design – It’s Time to Change

Time & Location

24 Mar 2022, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


About the event


Geotechnical Engineers always work with complicated terrains and geologies, which are usually interpreted from the point cloud data based on topographical survey, LiDAR data, geophysical survey and ground investigation boreholes. In the old days, these data were mapped or modelled and transformed to 2D sections for subsequent design, which may not be fully understood in 3D space to produce a holistic design. With the advancement of computing power and the development of digital tools, they enable Engineers to work and visualize their design in a 3D environment. In this seminar, we will showcase how to apply Rhinoceros 3D (Rhino) in routine foundation, site formation and excavation and lateral support (ELS) designs. With the aid of Grasshopper, which is a visual programming language running within Rhino, we will discuss the design workflow and algorithms to automate geotechnical design supplemented by case examples.

About the Speaker:

Ir Alvin K M Lam joined Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Limited upon his graduation from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1999 with a Bachelor Degree in Civil & Structural Engineering. Striving for his professional development, he pursued his Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong in 2003. He is currently the Associate Director, the East Asia Skill Leader of Ground Engineering and the Registered Geotechnical Engineer (RGE) in Arup. He has over 22 years of working experience in managing large-scale infrastructure and building projects in Hong Kong and other East Asia regions. He has been taking a leading role in various aspects of geotechnical works including ground investigation planning, engineering study, pile study, foundation design, site formation design, slope assessment, deep basement excavation and site supervision. Lately, he is one of the key members in prompting digital transformation within Arup.

Registration : Please register by 21 th March 2022. Successful applicants will receive webinar details on 22 th March 2022. CPD certificate will be sent to the attendees after the webinar.

Book Prize :

The youth professionals under 35 years old are encouraged to submit their reports (max. 500 words) in quality on this event. Please refer to the AGS HK’s website “The AGS Book Prize Reports–Assessment Framework” for details before the submission. The successful candidate will be awarded with the Book Prize that comprises of a book "Geology of Site Investigation Boreholes in Hong Kong" that written by Chris Fletcher, and a book coupon with value of HK$500 from Eslite Bookstore ( 誠品書店 ). The awarded report will further be uploaded to the website of AGSHK. Please send your report to Mr. Haydn Chan through the email:

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